1. Run the drill in reverse for easier extraction from the hole.
  2. Do not push down hard when you are about to go through the ice. You really don’t need to push hard, the drill will do most of the work. When you are about to go through be careful. Especially with 7″and 8″ augers. The sudden release of back pressure, combined with the propeller type motion of the auger can cause you to be pulled down. You may take a header if you are pushing too hard. I know this for a fact! That’s one video no one will see.
  3. Don’t leave your batteries on the ice. The cold could discharge them. I drill a hole and leave mine standing, then, I cover the drill with a Thinsulate waterproof bag.
  4. If you plan on keeping the pin on your auger, all the time, you may want to buy a bolt to replace your pin on adjustable augers. Make sure it is the proper diameter and thread of the pin your replacing only longer. Then you can add a nut with a lock washer so you don’t need to worry about it coming loose.
  5. On specific auger models, you should not leave your plastic wing nut in a 90-degree position. It could hit the underlying bungee cord where it is wrapped around the disc.
  6. If the tension of the bungee cord seems a little loose for your drill, you can adjust it. There are just too many drills out there to make a 1 size fits all length. I received both comments from the survey, “It’s a little tight” and” It’s a little loose”. The “too tights” were normally people with arthritis, They had a little trouble pulling the bungee cord behind the handle. So I tried to make fit the most drill but not too tight. If you feel it is loose, you can tighten it. Take the end of the bungee cord where it is fastened at the disk. Use a pair of pliers and pull it through the fastener till you reach a good length (Check it by setting up the kit and leave the chuck all the way open) . If the auger stays up against the chuck when lifted it is good. You may then cut the cord and burn the end to stop fraying. Contact me with any problems or questions on this.
  7. Have a drill life line. Many drills come with a cord that you can put around your wrist so it doesn’t fall if you drop it. If your drill has a long cord you can use that. If it is short, I suggest you make or buy a longer one. If you were to lose your handle on the drill after breaking through the ice, it could fall through the hole if your using a larger auger. The reason for using a longer one is to ensure you don’t hurt your wrist, if the drill twist.
  8. This one is from Dave my brother-in-law. Take the drill and put it up against the outside of your left thigh. Use your left hand to squeeze the trigger, put your right hand on the back of the drill to give it some downward pressure. Start drilling. You will find the drill goes down smoother with less of a risk of it turning your wrists.